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by Jangchup Donden
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2270

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Would it matter that non-arya Bodhisattvas may be very afflicted, does the force of the Bodhisattva aspiration ensure beings are benefited even if they don't consciously intend it? I can imagine Arya Bodhisattvas having powers like clairvoyance which would help them know what sentient beings need, ...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2270

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

Would it matter that non-arya Bodhisattvas may be very afflicted, does the force of the Bodhisattva aspiration ensure beings are benefited even if they don't consciously intend it? I can imagine Arya Bodhisattvas having powers like clairvoyance which would help them know what sentient beings need, ...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association
Replies: 19
Views: 339

Re: Difficulty doing Manjushri practices and prayers due to negative association

Miroku wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:55 am
Maybe give yourself a space and try focusing on Chenrezig or Tara. Somewhere I have heard that Chenrezig is great when it comes to trauma.
I can also recommend Guru Rinpoche along these lines. My teacher says the 7 branch prayer is one of the most effective in overcoming obstacles.
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika
Replies: 69
Views: 2270

Re: A request to explain Vajrayana to a common Mahayanika

What practices can you recommend that would lead to a realization of the first bhumi? Something simple would be nice. Ngondro practice, refuge, bodhicitta, Vajrasattva, Mandala offerings, and Guru Yoga. One does not really need any other practices. Where would shamatha fit in? Serious question, I'm...
by Jangchup Donden
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Garchen Bernakchen Sadhana
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: Garchen Bernakchen Sadhana

Hmm, something’s maybe fishy here. I suppose there are many ways of understanding but I was always taught that Dorje Bernagchen was not an manifestation of Avalokiteshvara. Is it possible that Garchen Rinpoche was giving a different empowerment and some well meaning disciple just put some accidenta...
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:55 am
Forum: Kagyu
Topic: Tilopa
Replies: 15
Views: 865

Re: Tilopa

Garchen Rinpoche regularly teaches Tilopa's Ganges Mahamudra .. Would deepen the connection I imagine. Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche is considered a rebirth of Tilopa. So perhaps the Zurmang kagyu has some related practices. Ganges Mahamudra is a port of call when the time is upon me. Zurmang Gharwang ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Nyung Ney
Replies: 17
Views: 1281

Re: Nyung Ney

I'd add Rest for the Fortunate - a great read for anyone interested in doing Nyungnes.
by Jangchup Donden
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:30 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1529

Re: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?

Buddha Shakyamuni was a Nirmanakaya, so therefore he could have stuck around if we had the merit, but instead he demonstrated impermanence. Lama Tenzin is not a Nirmanakaya. Practitiones who are siddhas, in some cases, can extend their lifespan, but never indefinitely. Even the incomparable Changch...
by Jangchup Donden
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1529

Re: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?

Do you think we wouldn't be better off if Shakyamuni Buddha were still physically present with us today? Or if Guru Rinpoche was still physically present with us? Nope, because we would not take impermanence to heart. Yet the Buddha would have remained with us until the end of the Kalpa if Ananda h...
by Jangchup Donden
Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?
Replies: 42
Views: 1529

Re: How to Make Long-Life Prayer More Effective?

This life is nothing, and the lamas know that. They just want to propagate the teaching. If they need to stay longer in a body to do that, they will... Fine, but that is not the same as "Long-life prayers are really nto about prolonging physical life or health at all." Kevin... Not according to my ...
by Jangchup Donden
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing
Replies: 85
Views: 3249

Re: Taking Empowerment as a Blessing

If you have a attachment to this life, you are not a Dharma person. -- Mañjuśṛī to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo. Then wouldn't you have to be enlightened to be a Dharma person? I think for most of us (hopefully) the practice of Dharma is one of giving up attachments. I don't think most people can just inst...
by Jangchup Donden
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What's the point of abusive gurus?
Replies: 106
Views: 7038

Re: What's the point of abusive gurus?

i think it is a task for a new "yangsi" generations of lamas, some of whom as it seems, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche or Kalu Rinpoche, for example, have already been through enough to get the idea of what consequences emotional/physical abuse can lead to. I'm not sure neurosis were not that common in T...
by Jangchup Donden
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"
Replies: 71
Views: 2460

Re: "You need to know Tibetan to achieve enlightenment in this life"

Do you need to be able to read the entire Indo-Tibetan corpus if you have access to a teacher and translator who can provide pith practical instructions? Maybe it’s my Kagyu/Nyingma bias shining through, but I feel like having my butt on the cushion practicing what I’ve been taught is a much better ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13858

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

First of all, why not? Second of all, what is an "enlightened guru" in your eyes? Someone whose at least on the path of seeing, i.e., the first Bodhisattva level. But ideally, a Buddha. I think Patrul Rinpoche is pretty clear on what standards we should hold our guru to, and what they should ideall...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13858

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Regarding the samaya of not having sex with non-practitioners: What are those of us who have relationships with non-practitioners to do, divorce or otherwise leave our partners? We're told that being Buddhist is a matter of karma and thus, we don't proselytize and convert others if they don't have ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13858

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Would an enlightened guru ever have mundane sex? First of all, why not? Second of all, what is an "enlightened guru" in your eyes? Someone whose at least on the path of seeing, i.e., the first Bodhisattva level. But ideally, a Buddha. I think Patrul Rinpoche is pretty clear on what standards we sho...
by Jangchup Donden
Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:17 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13858

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Personally, I'd like to shy away from a blanket "a guru should never take a student as a karmamudra ever, ever" as Guru Rinpoche didn't follow that example. On the other hand, I'm pretty comfortable saying a guru should not be having mundane sex with a student. So teachers should only get laid via ...
by Jangchup Donden
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:23 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13858

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Now we are talking about parlor tricks... No wonder westerners are so lost and lose their reasoning abilities in front of lamas. In old times people knew very well this is connected with mind, and that is why they were impressed, nowadays people are just mesmerized even by the possibility. Dharma i...
by Jangchup Donden
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13858

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

I'm not familiar with this story. What are you referring to? Don't remember the name of the nunnery, but I've been told there's a place where there are some nuns who are skilled enough at creation stage practices to be able to play radung using their other set of lips, so to speak. Not very likely....
by Jangchup Donden
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:
Replies: 423
Views: 13858

Re: Mipham Rinpoche channels Weinstein:

Or in the case of a lady, playing the radung from under her skirt I'm not familiar with this story. What are you referring to? Don't remember the name of the nunnery, but I've been told there's a place where there are some nuns who are skilled enough at creation stage practices to be able to play r...

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